IIHS Releases List of 2012 'Top Safety Picks'
Top crashworthiness picks, from minicars to large pickup trucks, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The IIHS ranks crashworthiness as "good," "acceptable," "marginal" or "poor" based on "performance in high-speed front and side crash tests, a rollover test, plus evaluations of seat-head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts." In order to earn the Top Safety Pick designation, the vehicle must achieve the highest possible rank of "good" in all four tests.
A partial list of Top Safety Pick vehicles appears below, along with a link to the IIHS safety ratings. The full list of winning 2012 vehicles from the IIHS can be found here.
Midsize moderately priced cars:
Midsize luxury/near-luxury cars:
Large family cars:
Large luxury cars:
Midsize luxury SUVs:
frostyross, look in your rear view mirror my friend with your Toyota. Thats right, it`s America that is about ready to pass you. Don`t be surprised, after all it`s what we do in this country best, rise above and beyond time after time agian
Face it, there are more American vehicles on the Top Safety Pick list than European vehicles even though you make the claim that the Europeans "dominated" the Americans, period. Not only that, the Americans are closer to catching the Japanese than the Europeans are to catching the Americans. The Americans and Europeans are separated by 8 vehicles while the Americans and Japanese are only separated by 6. The Europeans would have to increase their number of vehicles by 46% to catch the Japanese, the Americans would only have to increase their number of vehicles by 15%. I don't see a 15% delta as "dominating". I see 15% as having a slight edge.
frostyross, I see you are evading the truth once again. When you look at the list there are 38 American vehicles on it while there are only 30 European vehicles on it. So do tell us again how you came to the conclusion that "European vehicles dominate" when 30 is a lower number than the American total of 38. Clown.
I can remember the IIHS showing how Toyota "cheated" on the impact absorbing material for the rear bumpers on Camrys. Toyota knew the crash test was done with the bumper parallel to the crash barrier so they only put a small piece of foam block behind the center of the bumper rather than the full width of the bumper like other manufacturers do. While the Camry bumper looked okay in the test, in the real world if you weren't hit exactly in the center of the bumper, there was no absorbing foam to protect the vehicle. If the point of contact was to the right or left of center, basically all you had was a hollow plastic bumper that would immediately collapse and not protect the rear of the car. All so Toyota could save a few bucks.
Just like they left out a brake override system that most of their competitors had made standard equipment. Cut corners to save a few bucks per vehicle. That came back to haunt them when they had the unintended acceleration fiasco with their vehicles. Had a brake override system been standard equipment on Toyota and Lexus vehicles, 100 people probably wouldn't have died. Like the bumper scenario above, Toyota was only interested in profits, not lives or property damage.
Had it in CA, it's rare that you post information that is outright erroneous. The IIHS crash test for frontal impact is performed by slamming the car into an immovable barrier. This is a scenario worse than hitting even the largest truck, since the truck should at least crumple a little.
For the IIHS side impact test, I looked it up. The test protocol is actually available online, and is used for every car. In this test, a 3,300lbs impactor strikes the test vehicle on the driver side at 31mph at a 90° angle. Again, the same impactor is used in every test. In fact, click the IIHS links by each car and you will see the same sled used time and time again.
"If a Fiat 500 hits an F150 head on traveling the same velocity, the truck would have a much higher energy to absorb. The Fiat would not only stop, but would accellerate backwards!"
Except that is not the scenario they are trying to test, nor does any safety agency anywhere test for that scenario. A head on to head on collision such as you describe is exceedingly rare, and is outright deadly no matter what car you drive. Even an F-250 or an Excursion would probably be unrecognizable when hit with a 2,200lbs object at a closing rate of 120mph to 150mph (assuming highway speeds of 60 to 75mph). The survival of a driver even in a semi-trailer would be questionable. They are testing for the far more likely and far more common scenario of an accident of ramming a stopped or nearly stopped car, or impacting a tree, or a light pole.
I suspect that if the test that you propose were applied to any of the cars on this list, none of them would fare well at all even against a sub compact.
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